From pickpockets to drug dealers, police plot massive crackdown on town’s criminals

Drug dealers, pickpockets, louts and burglars in Aylesbury are to feel the force of an unprecedented police crackdown throughout August.

A series of operations against criminals and troublemakers are being run in the town centre to make it a safer place.

Launch of police summer operations in Aylesbury Market Square - pictured l-r are PCSO Adam Messenger, Insp Kelly Glister, Sergeant Gary Slee, PC Claire Furness and PCSO Billy Jennings

Launch of police summer operations in Aylesbury Market Square - pictured l-r are PCSO Adam Messenger, Insp Kelly Glister, Sergeant Gary Slee, PC Claire Furness and PCSO Billy Jennings

Officers will also be educating people to ensure they stay safe and helping the homeless.

Visitors to the town centre will see an increased police presence through the month as the operations play out.

Neighbourhood inspector Kelly Glister said August had been chosen because it is during the school holidays and when more people are out and about, meaning there are more targets for criminals.

Insp Glister said: “We want people to feel safe when they come into town and enjoy the facilities that are here.”

The first weekly operation, starting on Monday, will target anti-social behaviour and street drinkers, something that was done early in July with positive results.

Insp Glister said: “The town centre is a no alcohol zone. If people are drinking all day that can create problems.”

Later in the month purse dippers will go under the spotlight. As part of this, officers will be trying to make people more aware of keeping their possessions safe by dropping notes into their bags when they are not looking to demonstrate how they could have been targeted.

Insp Glister said: “We want people to think about how they can help themselves and not become victims.”

Groups of young people who could one day become gang members are another issue police will be looking at.

“We are trying to identify where there are little groups emerging,” said Insp Glister.

“These groups start off by doing low-level anti-social behaviour but it can be quite intimidating. If we can get to those people early and find a place where they can hang around safely you can divert that into positive energy.”

The final week of the operations will target multiple problems including drugs, theft and burglary, as well as mopping up any issues not sorted in the first three weeks.

Drugs dogs are also expected to visit Aylesbury and there will be a mobile police station in town each week.